Weight loss surgery?

By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2012-06-06 03:37:41 -0500
Started 2012-05-03 18:37:15 -0500

I just visited my doctor on Monday for a checkup. I found out that I had gained 9 more lbs. I was not happy with myself and needless to say neither was my doctor. It seems that no matter how hard I try I can not loose. I can do low carb for months and loose maybe 1lb if I'm lucky. I'm just very upset with myself right now. Doc says that it's not all together my meds that cause the weight gain. He may be right. I'm guilty of eating things that aren't the best for me. Who's not? So, after a heart to heart talk I agreed to go see a weight loss surgeon. I am just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I know that weight loss surgery is not a panacea. I am not looking for the surgery to cure me. I am willing to do my part after the surgery if I do decide to have it.
It is getting to the point where I don't move around so good any more. I can't walk through the house without being slightly out of breath. Going up and down the steps of our new house is a chore for me. I've had back problems from arthritis for years. Now I am also having problems with my knees as of this week. I am so depressed about the way the weight is affecting me that I can cry at the drop of a hat.
I'm not asking for sympathy, but I am asking for your prayers that The Almighty will help me to make the right decision for myself and those that love me.
Thanks DC family!

10 replies

Caroltoo 2012-06-06 03:37:41 -0500 Report

Hope you are feeling better and getting a handle on these issues. Sounds like a tough decision and know you are weighing the pros and cons carefully. Wishing you the best.

femaletrucker 2012-05-20 01:11:05 -0500 Report

You know, I was just reading several articles about folks that had gastric bypass surgery, and before they even left the hospital, they no longer had diabetes. Please look this up on google. Its a recent thing I read about. Truly an amazing finding. I don't think it should be used as a cure, but in extreme cases, i believe its better than death, especially if you are diabetes free thereafter. I have been walking most every day (5 miles) and bought a bike and started riding when possible. I eat low carb, low fat, and no sugar foods. Its hard but if your steadfast, you will loose. Exercise is the key to keeping the blood sugar under control. Best of luck and my prayers go out to you.

MrsCDogg 2012-05-20 09:00:23 -0500 Report

I've read those articles too. Some folks it doesn't totally resolve the diabetes but it is greatly improved. I feel like it will improve my health all the way around. I also know that there are things I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. These are things I am willing to take on.

jayabee52 2012-05-20 01:20:25 -0500 Report

the thing is; you don't often hear about those whose surgeries failed to control their diabetes, and about those who either messed up their lives with this surgery or even died as a result of the surgery.

I still believe that doing it "old school" regarding weight loss is the best and safest way. To be sure it is frustrating at times, but to potentially mess up one's life — or completely lose one's life is a really high price to pay for convenience or our impatience to get thinner.

dyanne 2012-05-07 02:26:03 -0500 Report

hi my name is diane i have not been on here for a very long time. we sound like we have the same problems and yes i very well maybe doing weight loss surgery not gastric bypass, but the gastric sleeve. of course there are risk with any surgery and no there is no magic bullet… but if u do it right and follow what ur told there is a great chance u wont even be diabetic anymore. U can write me private if u want … I have not been on here so Im not so great with the new site… Not being nosy just wondering your age and weight… wanted to know if it is similar to mine !!!!

jayabee52 2012-05-07 06:20:52 -0500 Report

Howdy Diane, WELCOME BACK!

Glad to see you back! Let me know should you want pointers as to how to more easily navigate this website as it is currently configured.

Since we are still friends you can inbox me should you have such questions. (had to check for a moment as there were some folks with whom I thought I was friends and I had to become friends with them all over again.)

Harlen 2012-05-05 21:10:22 -0500 Report

My wife is a CCRN and sees all the weight loss surgerys that go bad and they are never just a little bad .
When you cant drop any weight but keep gaining what do you think will happen after the surgery ?
Is it worth the risk ?
For me no way the risk are just to high.
Best wishes

jayabee52 2012-05-04 10:09:39 -0500 Report

I beilieve that Weight loss surgery is the VERY LAST resort, because once done you can't undo it, any more than one can unbreak an egg.

You say you can cry at the drop of a hat. Sounds like depression to me. With regards to the arthritis I believe that as you lose the weight your arthritis (osteo?) and your knees will be better for you. I know that I had problems with osteo arthritis in my knee and hip and in my back until I lost 65 lbs. Now I rarely hear from "Arthur" at all.

It may be rough getting started, but if you take "baby steps" toward your goal weight (whatever you set it to be — but make managable intermediate goals too so as to not get discouraged) and keep your goal in mind eventually you'll get there. I wish to suggest for your motivation this video from you tube. You can view it here ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbXgQqbOoU

As far as a meal plan is concerned I would recommend a low carb / high protein meal plan of any sort as long as you can stay on it. The first few weeks are crucial as it sets the tone for the rest of your managing your weight and your diabetes. I have a plan with which I lost 65 lbs in 1 year's time. You can find and read it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14....

Now I want you to know that I have had treats which I know I should not have had, but for the first month I avoided them until I got some good management of my Blood Glucose (BG) levels without the use of diabetes mellitus (DM) medications. The point is that I didn't give up my ice cream treats forever, just for a month or so. I started eating them again so I did not feel deprived and give up and go hog wild on eating them. In fact I enlisted the help of a neighbor in the apartment complex. I bought a box of "drumstick" style icecream cones and gave them to him to hold for me. I would ask for one a week so I had a treat to which to look forward. That kept my motivation and resolve to stay on my meal plan.

Now you may not be able to give up your DM meds right away, but if you start losing weight you will start to lose insulin resistance (IR) and you can watch your BG levels and with your Dr's help wean yourself off of your DM medications almost entirely.

It will be a long road. but it is do-able with time and determination.

"The journey of 1000 miles starts with one [baby] step"

Blessings to you and to yours!

James Baker

MrsCDogg 2012-05-04 11:35:04 -0500 Report

It makes sense to me that I might have a major depression going on. I was on antidepressants for a brief time in2002. My mother suffered from it for years. I can still remember coming home from school when I was in the 8th grade and above and she would still be sitting on the sofa with a cup of coffee just like she was when I left for school. Then after my dad retired she had a severe breakdown. She was saying things and doing things that were just totally out in left field. My dad got her to their doctor and they finally got her to take Zoloft and it was like a wonder drug. She was, for the most part, back to her old self.
I am supposed to go back to my doc in 6 weeks so maybe I will talk to him about the possibility of trying an antidepressant. I'm not sure if he will agree to that or not but I will ask. He's like many other doctors and can't see anything but the fat. He can't see that maybe it's a symptom of something else.
Thank you James for taking the time to respond to my post. It means a lot.